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  1. #1
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    Default closet motion sensor

    Installed a motion sensor light in the closet, but becaise you are behid the sensor when you open the door, it doesn't sense you and doesn't come on. Help!

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    Default Re: closet motion sensor

    What's wrong with the usual wall switch as you open the closet?

    In a small closet without a light, you can install a simple battery operated touch dome light. Cheap and useful alternative.

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    Default Re: closet motion sensor

    The switch is on the wrong side of the door.oposite side from door opening. There is a light , but you open the door, remember the light and you have to close the door to flip the switch. Inconvenient
    and annoying.

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    Default Re: closet motion sensor

    Install a pressure switch on the door, that way when the door is opened the light automatically comes on.

    You could relocate the motion sensor to a more suitable location and then just extend the wires back to the lamp base using wire mold or conduit.
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    Default Re: closet motion sensor

    A mirror on the back wall?

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    Default Re: closet motion sensor

    I want to change my earlier answer.

    Rather than screwing around with motion sensors and rewiring everything, why not just put the light switch inside the closet? Simply install a cut-in box behind the existing switch, then move the switch and wires to the new location. When you're done, put a blank cover over the abandoned box. Now you can simply open the door turn on the switch and have light.

    Short of that, I'd go with my original suggestion of a pressure switch that automatically turns on the light when the door is opened. Simple switch, simple installation.
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    Default Re: closet motion sensor

    Jamb switch. Works just like the refrigerator light.
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

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    Default Re: closet motion sensor

    pressure switch - where does one find them to buy?
    Any an all of my comments are just my opinion and not to be confused with facts.

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    Default Re: closet motion sensor

    I think they're also known as a momentary switch.

    I would guess you could find one at an electrical supply house or an electronics store. Some internet research may be in order to find exactly what you want.
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    Default Re: closet motion sensor

    Howdy been checking radi o shack no go no go a lowes no go at home depo... any ideas???? a simple push in button switch.
    Any an all of my comments are just my opinion and not to be confused with facts.

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